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REUPERT L. HAWKINSON presents An Unusual Athletic Exhibition and Demonstration The Art of Jiujutsu and Methods of Self Defense Lightning Action … Then Slow Motion LAUGHS AND LESSONS in one Session figure 1 figure 2 Could You … 1 STOP A RUSHING THUG DEAD IN HIS TRACKS? 2 FLIP A GIANT OVER YOUR SHOULDER? 3 DISARM AN ATTACKER? 4 BREAK A STRANGLEHOLD? Hawkinson has spent all of his time since early boyhood studying jiujutsu, methods of self-defense, and wrestling. He has captained amateur wrestling teams in two major mid-west cities, and has spent two years teaching jiujutsu. Don Casey, a skilled athlete, assists in the demonstration. REUPERT L. HAWKINSON The Bureau asked Hawkinson for the following sketch of his life and training in jiujutsu. As for my life, I have spent the greater part of it in studying methods of self-defense. My career started at the age of thirteen, boxing in amateur bouts in and around Milwaukee. A year later I started to wrestle, and continued wrestling through high school. While in high school, I organized a wrestling team; eventually, I became interested in jiujutsu. Paul Myoki, a Japanese jiujutsu artist, taught me the intricate methods of jiujutsu. My school of learning was the Jiujutsu Institute of Chicago. During my apprenticeship, I met and fought some of the best jiujutsu experts in the country including Higamin, a former Japanese champion. My exploits in jiujutsu soon led to teaching self-defense. Then I taught in Chicago and Milwaukee; at present I am instructing at the Health Institute in Milwaukee. The bulk of our enrollment consists of youngsters and business men; of late there has been a definite interest shown by women. JIUJUTSU Jiujutsu, the mystic and fascinating art of Oriental self-defense, is explained and demonstrated by one of the country's foremost experts. His program consists of a brief but thorough lecture on the history of this ancient art. He discusses the origin and development of jiujutsu in the Orient, explaining the significance of the art and its importance to the Japanese way of life. figure 1 figure 2 In the lecture he brings out the merits of jiujutsu for the average citizen in this country. Such points as physical conditioning, building self-confidence and poise are brought out and shown where they can be acquired through jiujutsu. R. L. Hawkinson, the expert on jiujutsu, continues his program by introducing his assistant, Don Casey. Both Hawkinson and Casey are garbed in Japanese jiujutsu kimonos. Placards are used to introduce each new throw or hold as it is being demonstrated. At the finish of each demonstration, the selected student receives his cue to change the placard. During the demonstration, Hawkinson brings in such points as the value of jiujutsu, why learn jiujutsu, and how to become efficient at jiujutsu. One fascinating thing about this unusual program is the actual mechanics brought before the eyes of the audience. Jiujutsu is so thoroughly discussed that if one wished to, he would be able to learn a great deal from watching just one program. As exhibitionists, the demonstrators would be hard to duplicate. Both are well built and expertly trained for their work. Some of the spectacular throws are entertainment enough in themselves. Towards the end of the program a selected student is brought before Hawkinson. Hawkinson allows any hold to be applied to himself and then easily breaks it. He teaches the student a throw and then allows himself to be thrown. This demonstrates the effectiveness of the ace and shows how easily it can be done. In conclusion the demonstrators put on an actual jiujutsu bout such as one would witness in Japan. The same rituals of dignity and politeness are observed as is customary among the Japanese. The bout consists of manuevers, holds, and throws executed with such speed and accuracy that it is sometimes hard for the eye to follow them. At all times the demonstrators maintain dignity and poise; they do not allow themselves to become ruffled by a hard throw. The bout lasts several minutes. Its conclusion brings an end to an interesting study of jiujutsu—a subject about which most of us know very little.
|Title||Reupert L. Hawkinson presents: "The Art of Jiujutsu and Methods of Self Defense"|
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|Personal Name Subject||
Hawkinson, Reupert L.
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